SILVER CREEK – The process of bonding and bidding for equipment and repairs to the Hanover Wastewater Treatment plant was the main topic of Monday’s regular meeting in Town Hall.
Jeff Smith, of Municipal Solutions Inc. of Le Roy, told board members that he believed the township would stand a good chance at low-interest or no-interest loans from the Environmental Facilities Corporation. The town has retained Smith’s services to help it work out the finances to cover the cost of the new equipment and repairs.
At the last regular meeting, board members learned that one of three rotating biological treatment devices at the plant had failed completely, leaving only one fully operational device and another that operates at less than full capacity.
The board members also learned that the custom-made devices can take six to eight months to be produced.
Greg McCorkhill, senior project manager with GHD of Amherst, told the group he will begin preparing bid documents so the town can order one or more of the devices. Even with the Town Board members’ agreement, bid documents are not expected to be ready for a few weeks.
The bid award could take an additional three to four weeks.
Town Supervisor Todd Johnson expressed concern that the town’s facility would have to be operating at less than capacity during the summer months when seasonal visitors increase the population in Sunset Bay and Hanford Bay by as many as 10,000 residents.
Town Attorney Jeff Passafaro recommended that the Town Board prepare to have a public hearing on the bonding required for the long-term project as well as for any potential short-term funds that are needed.
The hearing and additional resolutions will be prepared for the Town Board at the next meeting.
Board members authorized that Robert Weiskerger be appointed as assistant to the disaster coordinator. His stipend is $750 per year.